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Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants in New York

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Vegetarian Dim Sum House

You might be wondering why you see things like chicken, beef and pork on this vegetarian menu, but it's all mock, of course. The chef has experience of over 17 years cooking only the best of Chinese cuisine. The mock squid in black bean sauce and the turnip cake is something you just can't miss. If there's one thing this restaurant can proudly boast of, it is value for money.

New York, NY, United States
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Luanne's Wild Ginger

This casual and warm cafe turns out something very special from its kitchen. At Wild Ginger, come feast on mouthwatering Pan-Asian specialties with one thing in common- they're all vegan. Try dishes like Singapore-style Mei Fun (rice noodles with vegetarian fish cake), sauteed shredded bean curd, curry samosas, mango salad and much more. There is also a good selection of sakes, wines, and beer. You'll never miss the meat in these flavor-filled, hearty dishes.

New York, NY, United States
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Dirt Candy

Don't let the name dissuade you, chef and owner Amanda Cohen named her vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy because she insists that vegetables are candy from the earth. And with what her kitchen does with vegetables, she is absolutely correct. Fun, innovative and frequently award-winning, the restaurant is perfect for anyone with an adventurous palate. Although the menu isn't the largest around, every item is prepared with care, love and no meat. Every item on the menu can also be made vegan upon request. Dishes are simply named after their main ingredients like broccoli, fennel, or eggplant. Dishes on the changing menu might include grilled and smoked broccoli dogs with broccoli kraut and mustard barbecue sauce; cauliflower and curry with green pea paneer, papaya chutney and pappadam and intriguing desserts like onion chocolate tart with smoked almond ice cream. Carnivores won't miss the meat at all. The restaurant also offers a diverse selection of drinks including beer, wine and cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended.

New York, NY, United States
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Quantum Leap

Catering to vegetarians, vegans and macrobiotics, this eatery called Quantum Leap is a rare find in the city. Once seated inside this comfortable place, the friendly and attentive staff will take good care of you. Lunch choices include soups, salads and sandwiches of all sorts. For dinner, they offer an incredible veggie burger or enchiladas. Come by on the weekends for a wholesome and tasty brunch, including organic pancakes, waffles, eggs and scrambled tofu.

New York, NY, United States
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Sacred Chow

Take a look at the logo of this inexpensive and comfy eatery and you will know Sacred Chow is for serious vegans. An absolute 'no-no' to animal derived products, their cuisine is purely vegan and healthy. Tapas, salads and sandwiches are delicious, Sacred Caesar salad and Mama's soy meatball sub are a must. Lively red and mustard walls add spice to the splendid flavors. Moreover, this mecca for vegetarians has been nominated for New York's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant. So all you plant lovers, go for it!

New York, NY, United States
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Red Bamboo

Red Bamboo serves up dishes inspired from all parts of the globe with one twist-everything is vegetarian or vegan. Red Bamboo prides themselves in using the finest ingredients from the fresh fruits and vegetables down to the gluten they use in their shockingly imitation meats. They even have a whole burger section! With dishes ranging from Thai curries to fried "chicken", anyone will be able to find something they adore on Red Bamboo's menu.

New York, NY, United States
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Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar

This tiny Israeli restaurant serves some of the best falafel to be found in the city. Limited seating in the restaurant can be an issue, so when the weather is nice, take your food outside to the benches out front. The falafel platter is a favorite, and the sauces are sure to please. Wash it all down with some refreshing iced tea, fresh lemonade or a smoothie.

New York, NY, United States
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Terri

Terri is a cute little cafe that does quick service organic, vegetarian foods. Step in to Terri and find yourself surrounded by meat-free, healthy goodness. Wraps and sandwiches like the Tofurkey Thanksgiving sandwich or the Thai "chicken" wrap mingle with salads, smoothies, juices and delectable desserts like their irresistible cupcakes, some of which are even gluten free! If you're in the mood to eat and run, but don't want to sacrifice quality and flavor, head to Terri.

New York, NY, United States
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Blossom Vegan Restaurant

Located in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood, Blossom was the first place to offer gourmet vegan cuisine this side of town. The totally organic food served here encourages a healthy lifestyle and introduces you to nature's bounty. The menu varies according to what seasonal ingredients are available. The eclectic offerings run the gamut flavors ranging from Thai and Italian to Mexican. Blossom offers an interesting range of organic beers and wines.

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Tiffin Wallah

Despite a City Hall location that is inconvenient for many people, this restaurant has developed a reputation as one of the city's better Indian spots. It avoids the gaudy decor found in many Indian eateries in favor of simple lines, dark wood trim and serenity. The majority of the crowd is made up of locals or downtown workers, but the food also draws people from further uptown. There are some great renditions of such Indian favorites as curry dishes, tandoori and naan bread. There are also vegetarian options.

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Vatan

Gujarati cuisine is famous in India for its authentic vegetarian delicacies cooked in flavorful spices. Vatan brings this cuisine to new York, to be relished by New Yorkers. For those who think vegetarian fare has limited options, Vatan boasts an extensive menu of traditional Gujarati Khaman, Ragda Patis, Toor Dal, Muthia and Mirchi Bhajia. The Mirchi Bhajia can also be savored as a light snack in the early evening. Desserts include Kheer and home-made icecream. The highlight of the menu however, is the Aam Rus or thick mango juice. The meals are served in pre-set thalis. The decor recreates Gujarat with a real banyan tree acquiring pride of place in the venue. Other small details include hand-painted tables and straw covered roofs that further endure the charm of the place.

New York, NY, United States
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HanGawi

Make sure you wear your best socks when you come to this Korean restaurant, because all customers must leave their shoes at the door. But regardless of the footwear, the experience of dining at HanGawi will be ethereal. Sitting on a cushion at a low table, you can fully appreciate the uncluttered elegance of the quiet dining space. The unusual and sophisticated cuisine is full of interesting tastes. Roots, tofu and even flowers appear amongst the delightful vegetarian fare; soups are particularly spectacular. Complement these vegetarian dishes with a selection from their sake or plum wine list.

New York, NY, United States
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